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Bronco Bikes

Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2009

Santa Clara students have a new way of getting around. Bronco Bikes, a student-created and operated bicycle sharing program, was inspired by similar initiatives at other universities, such as Emory and Duke. The program’s four senior founders envision students using the bikes for recreation as well as for transportation, such as traveling to Arrupe Placements.

For a $50 refundable deposit which can be paid using FLEX, students can check out a bicycle for three days at a time, after which they can renew it to keep it even longer. After signing up online on the program’s website, students can pick up their numbered key and access the bike in the designated racks outside of Benson.

Beginning with ten bicycles, Bronco Bikes hopes to expand and improve its fleet of bikes and make the checkout process more convenient as the program grows in popularity around campus. With wide support from SCU students, faculty, and staff (the program’s Facebook group boasts more than 200 members), Bronco Bikes looks poised to achieve its goal of providing students with “a free, healthy, and environmentally friendly means of transportation,” according to one its founders, Bea DiCarlo. With its emphasis on innovation, sustainability, and physical well-being, Bronco Bikes seems a natural program to integrate into the SCU campus community.

Tags: Program Highlights, Student Life, Transportation



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